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Cellulose

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 1123–1131 | Cite as

New characterization of layer-by-layer self-assembly deposition of polyelectrolytes on cotton fabric

  • Qiang Wang
  • Peter J. HauserEmail author
Article

Abstract

Layer-by-layer self-assembly deposition of polyelectrolytes on textile materials might provide a new approach to endue different functions to textiles. Two simple characterization methods for electrostatic self-assembly deposition of two typical polyelectrolytes, poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) on cotton fabrics were investigated in this paper. Dyeing of the PSS/PDDA assembled cotton fabrics with anionic Direct Red 80 and cationic Methylene Blue shows regular and observable “odd–even” oscillations in terms of color depth (K/S value), which could be utilized for the assessment of the variation of surface electric property of the cotton substrate due to the alternate fabrication of PSS and PDDA on it. A linear increase in UV absorbance at 226 and 261 nm of treated cotton fabrics further revealed that the growth of these layer-by-layer multilayers could be recorded by monitoring UV spectra of assembled cotton specimens. ATR FT-IR spectra did not show any identifiable differences between cotton substrates with and without deposition of PSS/PDDA multilayers.

Keywords

Layer-by-layer Self-assembly Characterization Cellulose Cotton Dyeing UV absorption spectroscopy 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was financially supported by the China State Scholarship Fund and the TECS Department of College of Textile, NCSU, USA.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jiangnan UniversityWuxiChina
  2. 2.North Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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